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Why are depression and anxiety so prevalent these days?

by Sandy Ludinski (follow)
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The White Cloud Foundation (http://www.whitecloudfoundation.org) reports these alarming statistics:

One million people in Australia currently suffer from depression and 2.3 million suffer from anxiety.

In any year 10,000 young Australians live with depression.

Depression and anxiety affect one in seven and one in four people respectively at some point in their lives.

Depression will be second only to heart disease as the leading medical cause of death and disability within 20 years.

Do these figures surprise you?

Why do you think depression and anxiety are so prevalent these days? Or do you think that in the past they just weren't acknowledged?

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Funny you mention this question because we were talking about it over the weekend. I believe that depression is caused mostly from creating an isolating community through TV, Internet and Media. The other aspect is the huge demand from a work aspect whereby one feels compelled to do that extra more with spending more time in the car. In essence there are 24 hours in the day. 8 of those is for work. The other 8 for sleeping, and then other 8 is then divided into travel, eating and time with the family. When you add Social Media, TV and other aspect, those last 8 hours are chewed up quickly....and soon people (whom as social by nature) feel isolated and stressed. I believe that is one of the main reasons behind depression!
Pressure to live up to societies expectations. When I suffered depression over 10 years ago it was due to childhood trauma but also unrealistic expectations to be a "perfect' mother and wife. Media has a massive negative influence, I think.
exactly :) you so right.
by jonaja
I suffer depression and anxiety, and if it were not for my very smart doctor...I don't know if I would be here today.
I take one little white pill at bedtime.
I function fine, and for ten years I just take each day as it comes.

You asked what do I think?...so this is my answer:
People try to do too much, they work long hours and their brains are over stimulated.
The lack of serotonin, is why it so important to see a doctor.
Depression can come on by a death of a loved one, but mainly in the wide population...it is also stress.Our lives are crazy now, and we can get done so much in just one day.

We were never intended to be so stressed and brain crazy, but yes it is on the rise...I also think of course years ago it was not acknowledged, but it was there.
Life was a lot slower, and no t.v...Just watching the news, and people loosing their heads, is enough to send some poor people over the edge.

We now see too much, we hear too much, and people get very run down quickly.
When you have young high school students taking their lives, because of the pressure of exams! It is a sign of our times, and we are not in control.

I pray for peace to come to me, and it does.
Not everyone has that belief, so they may drink too much, or eat too much or like one of my sons gamble too much.

Until people see they can not be all things to themselves,they will struggle.

I was just thinking that we have it easy these days, no washing clothes by hand or building a fire to cook food but seem to be more stressed!
I know :(
by jonaja
We may 'have it easy' in that way. But our lifestyles today lack family and community spirit and support, we don't have enough time to spend with our families, we are constantly bombarded by images of perfection (which we cannot obtain but try to anyway). Throw in work pressure, peer pressure and the pressure we place on our selves to be everything to everyone and what you have there are just some of the reasons for the skyrocketing incidence of anxiety and depression.

jonaj, I'm so sorry to hear this. I wish you well.
by Vee
My depression started when I first started 12 years ago to work with inmates in a maximum security jail.
But I had to still do it, so with the help of my doctor that little white tablet gave me back my life.I still am doing the work,but I just have to be careful not to get overload with life, and I only do a few hours a month life is good! :)
by jonaja
by Vee
No, I am not surprised by these stats. Today, there are way too many pressures on and expectations of people. Something has to give.
by Vee
I agree! Way too much pressure on people to fill expectations!
Exactly !
by jonaja
Thanks ladies. :)
by Vee
There has always been depression and anxiety. The only difference is that people are more open to talking about it these days so it seems as if there a lot more people with it when really numbers are comparable.
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